INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – The state of Indiana announced 19 new deaths and 583 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
Governor Holcomb discussed the entering Phase Two of reopening Indiana, a plan he fully laid out on Friday.
Holcomb also addressed a picture taken over the weekend where he went into a restaurant and did not wear a mask. He apologized for the “lapse of vigilance” and encouraged others to continue to wear masks.
Additionally, Governor Holcomb discussed coordination with other states, including Kentucky, and said he has continued conversations with other governors in the Great Lakes area. He said the plan in place is based on data and recommendations by the medical professionals analyzing Indiana’s data.
Governor Holcomb also added that additional guidance for businesses can be found in the full plan at www.backontrack.in.gov.
Governor Holcomb also discussed the opening of casinos and said he is considering looking for CDC guidance to make a decision as time goes on.
The governor also gave clarification about mask wearing, saying that the recommended and optional guidelines in the different phases of his plan mean the same thing. Governor Holcomb said he continues to recommend wearing face masks in public for the duration of his phased plan.
In reference to Indiana’s cases not declining over a period of 14 days as recommended by President Trump’s guidelines, the state says they chose to open without that benchmark because Indiana does meet the other benchmarks.
The state says they will continue to enforce the executive orders for businesses not following guidelines in the same manner: with a verbal warning first, then followed up by additional action if necessary.
(This story was originally published on May 4, 2020)